Uploaded on Apr 14, 2009
Solving our planet's most pressing dilemmas requires more than simply setting goals. We need a road map to reach them. Technologies that work fine on a small scale cannot necessarily be ramped up to global size. Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details. Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. And with competition for previously scarce resources no longer an issue, the main incentives for warfare will be eliminated. Explaining not only the means to solve our most pressing problems but how those solutions can painlessly lead to improving the standard of living of everyone on the planet, the lucid and provocatively written Prescription for the Planet has arrived not a moment too soon. There is something here for everyone, be they a policymaker, environmental activist, or any concerned citizen hoping for a better future.
Author Tom Blees and host Mark Graham discuss one of these technologies, called the integral fast reactor (IFR), in a recorded conversation at Davis Media Access / Davis Community TV in Davis, California on March 10, 2009.
The IFR which can provide the whole world with safe, virtually unlimited electricity. In the U.S. there are 500 coal power plants owned by public utility companies and another 100 owned by industry. Worldwide there are thousands more. China opens another coal power plant and sometimes two each week. All of these could be replaced by IFRs.
There would be no greenhouse gas emissions. The IFR presents no risk of a nuclear meltdown. We could actually feed depleted uranium, decommissioned nuclear weapons, and radioactive waste from power plants into the IFR, eliminating the current storage problem. We would be left with small amounts of waste with a half life of 200-300 years, encased in glass from which it would not leach for 1,000 years.
Who would make all of this happen? Author Tom Blees proposes an international organization of political and scientific leaders, which has already been formed and is being built. Although not covered in depth in this interview you can read about this in Prescription for the Planet, available from Amazon.com and locally in Davis, California at the Avid Reader.
Change begins with awareness. One person at a time. The next person to learn about this may be you!
Investigate this as closely as you want. You may wonder why, if this technology was perfected by government researchers in 1994, you have never heard of it. Without telling the whole story, Congress cut off the funding during the Clinton era (1994) tore down the EBR II and ordered the employees not to publicize it. To this day reports to the Department of Energy are being censored to remove any mention of this technology.
Tom Blees worked very closely with the nuclear physicists and other scientists who worked on the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR II) which developed this technology. Tom Blees has been researching this technology for a decade by speaking to the experts, such as Charles Till and George Stanford. They proofread his book for accuracy on the scientific claims. They support his effort.
For those who want more details you can find source documents on the following website:
When you are done watching and reading and you are convinced this should be a major part of U.S. energy policy, what can you do?
Tell other people and show them this video.
Write to your elected officials on paper (at their district offices in the case of Congress) and tell them specifically what you want. Ask for a written reply and provide your mailing address. Keep your letter short and limit it to one topic.
Write and speak to the environmental organizations you belong to about Prescription for the Planet.
Most people you talk to have never heard of integral fast reactors.
You will become a part of the solution. Enjoy this; it can be satisfying.